Scorned and Betrayed
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Three cantatas performed by the notable young soprano Melissa Fogarty.

Italian opera was all the rage in German courts at the turn of the 18th century and the young Handel's trip to Italy from 1706 to 1710 allowed him to immerse himself in Italian music. This spurred a remarkable output of cantatas, many written for the meetings of the Arcadian Academy, a group of noblemen and artists who gathered in Rome to further their literary agenda and raise the level of Italian poetry. Though their main interests were in pastoral subjects, these three cantatas dealt with portrayals of tragic heroines, the scorned and betrayed: Agrippina, Lucrezia and Armida, whose stories were drawn from Roman history and myth. No doubt the Academy was impressed with subject matter, which would have been at home in full operatic treatment! Hailed as "outstanding" by the New York Times, soprano Melissa Fogarty's wide range of experience has taken her from the stages of the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera to the world of early music. She has appeared in concert with the Seattle Baroque, New York Collegium and Concert Royal. Her unusual experience (in rock bands during her college days) has given her the kind of versatility to branch out into other fields, including the works of Harry Partch and even klezmer music.
Contents:
Georg Frederic Handel, composer
Agrippina condotta a morire, HMV 110
Melissa Fogarty, soprano, Jennifer Griesbach, harpsichord, Christine Gummere, baroque cello, Amelia Roosevelt, Claire Jolivet, Heidi Powell, baroque violins, Daniel Swenberg, theorbo, archlute, Motomi Igarashi, double bass

Georg Frederic Handel, composer
Trio Sonata in G Major Op. 5, No. 4, HMV 399
Amelia Roosevelt, baroque violin, Christine Gummere, baroque cello, Jennifer Griesbach, harpsichord

Georg Frederic Handel, composer
La Lucrezia, HMV 145
Melissa Fogarty, soprano, Jennifer Griesbach, harpsichord, Christine Gummere, baroque cello, Amelia Roosevelt, Claire Jolivet, Heidi Powell, baroque violins, Daniel Swenberg, theorbo, archlute, Motomi Igarashi, double bass

Georg Frederic Handel, composer
Armida abbandonata, HMV 105
Melissa Fogarty, soprano, Jennifer Griesbach, harpsichord, Christine Gummere, baroque cello, Amelia Roosevelt, Claire Jolivet, Heidi Powell, baroque violins, Daniel Swenberg, theorbo, archlute, Motomi Igarashi, double bass

Review:
June 11, 2006, New York, NY - Soprano Melissa Fogarty received anOutmusic Award (OMA) in the Best Debut Recording - Female Category forher CD Handel: Scorned & Betrayed.
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